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Date Joined Feb 2009
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   Posted 2/4/2009 5:29 PM (GMT -6)   
there should be a section to introduce yourselves,

anyway .. i have a couole of things on my mind.

i am very very shirt of breaht and have been for about a year, and i find it hard to swallow all the time. like i need to swallow lots of snot. but i dont have a cold !! , sorry for the graphics.

also, my chest aches, i do have asthma but its usually alrite. i am worried i have lung cancer or something, as i read symptoms like shortness of breath and finding it hard to swallow are all symptoms. i am a 23 year old male by the way. and genrally quite fit, altho a little overweight round the belly ( from beer !)

secondly, i have a sort of ' obsession' ( for want of a better word ) with checking things, i check my switches and plugs 3 or 4 times a night before bed, but not any old checking, i have to look at each one for around 5 seconds, and phsically rub my finger over the switch left and right , left and right , left and right , repeatedly, so i know it it definately pushed off and down . i do this with all my kitchen switches. next my cooker. i check all the knobs are off, and the little line on the knob, is in line with the line on the cooker, i have to look really closely for some time at this, spend around 5 seconds on each, making sure the lines match up and are straight ( they click into place BTW) i just cant stop it. i do it with the cooker switches aswll, rub my finger over them to make sure they are off , even tho they have a red light on the switch when its on , i still have to check.

and have to check the windows, and doors are shut and locked, and also all the doors in the flat, even the ones indoors have to be shut. im not sure why , i cant relax untill i have done so ..

after this i go to bed, and try not to think about it , but as soon as i do , i have to go check again.i think, ' nah, i did it propperly' but then, i question myself, and instead of laying in bed wondering and playing mind games, i just jump out of bed , run in the front room check the switches and check the cooker etc, then jump back into bed. usually do this around 2 - 3 times a night.

am i just being wise checkin a few times, and phsically pressing them down over and over to ' make sure ' or do i have a problem.. my mum said its learnt behaviour, and that becuase im used to checking them so much , i cant get out of it..

so advice on the obbsessive thing please , and the breathing , not being able to swallow thing also.

thanks for reading and your time , and i love the website.

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Date Joined Feb 2009
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   Posted 2/4/2009 5:34 PM (GMT -6)   
short of breath i mean ..

and i check the switches and other things 3 or 4 times, and have to get out of bed a couple of times ..

i am suffering from the worst memory also, so i think its down to me not remebering or trusting myself due to bad memory and stuff , is this anxiety related?

Post Edited (Ethix) : 2/4/2009 3:41:18 PM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 2/4/2009 6:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Ethix! Welcome! Seems to me like you're experiencing OCD and you may feel a little unsafe in your home because of checking the switches and doors and windows, which is where the OCD comes into play. I dont really have any experience with the shortness of breath but someone will come along that will be able to help. Have you talked to a dr. about these things?

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   Posted 2/4/2009 6:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Actually we do have a forum  for welcoming new members as well as one for OCD problems.
Welcome to HealingWell and your problems sound like you need some professional help in learning how to deal with your OCD issues.  There are several therapies that may help you but I am not a professional so please do talk with your physician. 
I will pull the threads you need to the top.
Again welcome.


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Post Edited (stkitt) : 2/4/2009 4:53:55 PM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 2/4/2009 7:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Nice to meet you and I have to agree with Kitt and Nikki on this. . . I know it has to be hard to go through and I do feel for you because I have mild ocd, but you doc can help you to get better my friend. It would be well worth making an appointment and learn to relax so you can get a good night sleep without the worry :)
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   Posted 2/4/2009 7:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I just wanted to say welcome...I do not suffer any type of ocd but do suffer anxiety and I have no doubt some of your symptoms may be realated to anxiety...Please seek help as possible conditions like yours left untreated may become worse....The sooner you seek help the less long term damage will be done. Take care and WELCOME!!! gillxx


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   Posted 2/4/2009 7:41 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree with Mizz and Nikki. Sounds like OCD. You didn't mention any medications you may be taking for anxiety or other physical ailments. We do have some members that suffer from OCD and can probably help you when they come on. I would like to welcome you and encourage you to look over this forum. There's resources that can be helpful in dealing with stress and anxiety.

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   Posted 2/5/2009 10:05 AM (GMT -6)   
Ethix you have been given some great advice already. But I did want to welcome you to Healingwell. I hope you will find some comfort here among friends who are suffering with Anxiety/Panic too.

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   Posted 2/5/2009 10:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Ethix, it does sound like OCD; I have just a touch of this, having to check locks, switches, etc. before going to bed each night. Hope you find some helpful resources here.

Take care,

Betsy (-:
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Have taken Prednisone, Pentasa, Rowasa, and Asacol
Currently on Asacol 2400 mg daily to manage remission

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